5 children found in Northeast Harris County home where man killed his wife then himself, deputies say

Officers on the scene at a murder suicide on Christmas Day 2021 (Copyright 2021 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

A family tragedy is being investigated in Northeast Harris County after deputies discovered a father and mother dead in a home. Five children were also found unharmed. Deputies are calling the crime a murder-suicide.

Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office report a man fatally beat his wife before shooting himself. The female victim, identified as Maria Gonzalez, age 42, suffered significant head trauma. The male suspect, identified as Arsenio Gonzalez, age 45, died of a single gunshot wound to the head. EMS arrived on the scene and pronounced both deceased at the scene.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez's tweet regarding the murder suicide (Copyright 2021 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

Just before 1 a.m. on Christmas Day, investigators responded to the home on Daun Street near East Mount Houston Road.

Deputies learned the husband and wife were at a family gathering prior to the violence.

“This couple, a man and wife were at a family function earlier. They came home and then this incident occurred, so the investigation is ongoing,” said Sgt. Greg Pinkins. “None of the kids were injured, nor did they witness anything at the time.”

Deputies found five children, ranging in ages from 7 to 16, in the home.

“Right now, we’re in contact with CPS and we’ll let them determine who they will be released to, probably family members. We’ll continue to do our investigation here and we’ll be talking to family members who were probably at the party to see if we can get some background,” added Sgt. Pinkins.